Chemistry

As a Chemistry major at RWU, you can pursue an American Chemical Society-certified B.S. degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry or Environmental Chemistry. B.A. degrees are also an option, and are easily incorporated as a second major, when combined with another major in science. No matter which you choose, you’ll develop the laboratory, critical thinking and research skills to succeed in graduate school, medical school or a career in chemistry. Students can collaborate with faculty on research as early as their first year, presenting their research at chemistry meetings across the U.S.

Degree Requirements

The Chemistry Major

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Majors must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. Chemistry majors must complete the following courses and sufficient electives to total at least 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives toward a minor or second major.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry:

SubjectNumberTitle
MATH136Precalculus or above
CHEM191, 192Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs
and 24 credit hours of Chemistry courses at the 300 or 400 level

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (ACS certified curriculum):

SubjectNumberTitle
CHEM191, 192Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs
CHEM301, 302Organic Chemistry I and II and Labs
CHEM311Analytical Chemistry and Lab
CHEM312Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Lab
CHEM320Inorganic Chemistry and Lab
CHEM390Biochemistry and Lab
CHEM391Chemical Thermodynamics and Lab
CHEM392Quantum Chemistry and Lab
CHEM421Advanced Chemistry Lab I
CHEM450Research in the Chemical Sciences
MATH213, 214Calculus I and II and Labs
PHYS201, 202Physics I and II and Labs
One or more courses selected from the following:
CHEM431Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM432Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM433Advanced Physical Chemistry
CHEM435Advanced Biochemistry

The Major in Chemistry with an Environmental Concentration

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Chemistry majors who elect the environmental concentration must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. Chemistry majors with the environmental concentration must successfully complete the following courses and sufficient electives to total at least 120 credits.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with an Environmental Concentration

SubjectNumberTitle
MATH136Precalculus or above
BIO103Biology I and Lab
BIO104Biology II and Lab
or
NATSC204Principles of Oceanography
CHEM191, 192Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs
CHEM201, 202Environmental Chemistry I and II and Labs
and
Select 16 credit hours from Chemistry courses at the 300 or 400 level
and/or
NATSC401Environmental Toxicology and Lab

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with an Environmental Concentration (ACS certified curriculum)

SubjectNumberTitle
CHEM191, 192Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs
CHEM301, 302Organic Chemistry I and II and Labs
CHEM311Analytical Chemistry and Lab
CHEM312Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Lab
CHEM320Inorganic Chemistry and Lab
CHEM390Biochemistry and Lab
CHEM391Chemical Thermodynamics and Lab
CHEM392Quantum Chemistry and Lab
CHEM421Advanced Chemistry Lab I
CHEM434Advanced Environmental Chemistry
CHEM450Research in the Chemical Sciences
MATH213, 214Calculus I and II and Labs
PHYS201, 202Principles of Physics I and II and Labs

The Chemistry Minor

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SubjectNumberTitle
CHEM191, 192Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs
CHEM301, 302Organic Chemistry I and II and Labs
and two of the following:
CHEM311Analytical Chemistry and Lab
CHEM312Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Lab
CHEM320Inorganic Chemistry and Lab
CHEM390Biochemistry and Lab
CHEM391Chemical Thermodynamics and Lab
CHEM392Quantum Chemistry and Lab

The Dual Degree in Chemistry and Pharm.D.

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Three-Plus-Four Chemistry-Pharm.D. Dual Degree Program

Roger Williams University has partnered with Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS Vermont Campus) to provide a dual Chemistry-Pharm.D. degree program. Outstanding students who qualify for this special program may be able to complete all requirements for a baccalaureate degree in Chemistry (B.S. or B.A.) or Biochemistry (B.S.) and the Doctor of Pharmacy degree in seven years, as opposed to the traditional eight-year period of study. The program requires students to declare Chemistry or Biochemistry as their primary undergraduate major, and to take the pre-pharmacy courses at Roger Williams University, Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences. Chemistry or Biochemistry majors must satisfy the University Core Curriculum requirements, the College speech requirement, and complete a total of at least 120 credits including transfer credits from ACPHS. Students successfully completing the dual degree program will be eligible to participate in the commencement exercises of each institution.

Students are required to indicate their intent to pursue the Chemistry-Pharm.D. dual degree program on their college application form. The student’s application must be evaluated by the office of admissions at ACPHS for acceptance into the program as well. Full-time students who matriculate into the program in their freshman year and who maintain superior academic records with outstanding academic averages must formally declare at the beginning of their junior year to the Chair of the Chemistry and Physics Department their intent to apply to ACPHS. Students would complete the PCAT examination and the PharmCAS application to ACPHS by March 1 of their junior year. ACPHS Doctor of Pharmacy program is a full-time, four year program. Courses taken during the first year at ACPHS Vermont campus will transfer for credits for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry or an American Chemical Society approved Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry.

Students who matriculate at ACPHS must meet the following conditions:

  • A student must have earned at least 90 credits in three years of study at Roger Williams University before beginning at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Vermont campus).
  • A student must successfully complete the required Pre-pharmacy courses at Roger Williams University, as specified in this catalog.
  • All Core Curriculum requirements and pre-pharmacy course requirements must be met within those 90 credits.
  • The student’s cumulative grade-point average must be at least 3.0. No grade lower than a C (2.0) will count toward the 90 credits.
  • The student must meet or exceed Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Vermont campus) PCAT entry requirements.
  • The student must successfully interview and complete a writing assessment as determined by the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Vermont campus).

The following are the required pre-pharmacy courses at Roger Williams University:

SubjectNumberTitle
CHEM191/L*Principles of Chemistry I and Lab
CHEM192/L*Principles of Chemistry II and Lab
CHEM301/L*Organic Chemistry I and Lab
CHEM302/L*Organic Chemistry II and Lab
CHEM/BIO390/LBiochemistry and Lab
BIO103/L*Biology I and Lab
BIO104/LBiology II and Lab
BIO230/LMicrobiology and Lab
Select one Biology course at the 200 level or above*
Select one of the following mathematics courses:
MATH124Basic Statistics
MATH250Introductions to Biostatistics
MATH315Probability and Statistics
and take
*MATH213/LCalculus I and Lab
PHYS109/LPhysics I and Lab (Algebra based)
PHYS110/L*Physics II and Lab (Algebra based)
or
PHYS201/L* Physics I with Calculus and Lab 
*PHYS202/L*Physics II with Calculus and Lab 
and
PSYCH100Introduction to Psychology
COMM210Introduction to Public Speaking
WTNG102Expository Writing
WTNG200 or 220Critical Writing
* MATH 213, PHYS 201, and PHYS 202 are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry

As part of the dual degree program, students who have been admitted to ACPHS will be candidates for an American Chemical Society approved Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry or a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Roger Williams University once they have met the following additional requirements:

  • Completion of the Chemistry or Biochemistry major degree requirements at Roger Williams University. (Details of the major degree requirements are found in this catalog.)

and

  • Completion of the first year of the Doctor of Pharmacy at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Vermont campus).

Such candidates for the baccalaureate degree must file an application for degree with the University Registrar before registering for their fourth-year courses (first year ACPHS courses).

In completing the first year of coursework at ACPHS, a student in the Chemistry-Pharm.D. dual degree program must pass all courses noted by an asterisk with a grade of C or better. These courses are those completed during the first year at ACPHS are:

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
*Pharmaceutics I3*Pharmaceutics II3
*Physiology/
Pathophysiology I
4*Physiology/
Pathophysiology II
4
*Immunology3Self Care/OTC3
Pharmacy Skills Lab I1Pharmacy Skills Lab II1
IPS Workshop I1IPS Workshop II1
Foundations of
Pharmacy 1
1*Molecular Biology3

In the event that a student does not successfully matriculate to ACPHS after three years of study at Roger Williams University, the dual degree program has been structured such that the Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry or the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry requirements may be completed at Roger Williams University within a fourth year of study.

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

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